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Making Christmas Perfect Ch.3


Making Christmas Perfect - Sides!

Godfreys have been providing perfect Christmases since 1905 - the year in which we were founded by our Great Grandfather!

Back to the future
Over the years fashions have changed in Christmas dishes and menus - but we find that a mixture of traditional and some of the more modern dishes - is usually the best recipe to help create a Perfect Christmas.

Making Christmas - Perfect!
So this years Godfreys Celebration will be a series of Chapters on modern recipes for each of - Christmas Breakfast and Brunch, Christmas Side Dishes, Christmas Dinner Mains - and finally some recipes for Boxing Day - to complete making your Christmas - Perfect!

After our Making Christmas Perfect First Courses - we now move on to Christmas Dinner Side dishes.

Continue our mission
We continue our mission to champion real Free Range Turkeys by publishing the What makes a fabulous Christmas Turkey Story Chapter Three - in our Christmas Carol Tab

Producing these special birds
So when people gasp in astonishment at the true taste and textures of your expertly hand raised, thoroughly fabulous tasting Turkey - you can point them to the Tab to show just how much hard work, sheer commitment, husbandry expertise and pure passion goes into producing such a special Bird - rather than its pale - and usually dry and insipid tasting, industrially manufactured - and very distantly related cousins.

And so to Christmas Dinner Side dishes. 

Christmas Mains Side dishes
The importance of a good Christmas Side dish should not be underestimated, so make sure your Side dishes shine this Christmas.

Presented with equal care
Vegetables accompanying the main dish have a very high standard to live up to - and so should be planned, timed and presented with equal care.

Match the excellence
Christmas is a time of year where you go to town on food, so make sure your Turkey - or meat of choice - has some tasty accompaniments on your Christmas table - that match the excellence of the celebratory centrepiece.
These Christmas side dishes will get your taste buds in the festive mood and your guests begging for your recipes.


•   Brussels with Chestnuts & Sage
This simple festive side dish jazzes up the humble Sprout, it makes a great get-ahead dish to save you time on Christmas Day.
Preparation time 35 mins : Cooking time 10 mins. 
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Honey-roast Carrots - by Lesley Waters
Slightly sticky yet succulent and sweet, honey and carrots are a classic combination that will never go out of style
Preparation time 5 mins : Cooking time : 5 mins.

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Crisp Honey Mustard Parsnips
Dried mustard adds a slight heat to this sweet Parsnip vegetarian side dish
Preparation time 15 mins : Cooking time 15 mins.

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• Christmas Spiced Red Cabbage - by Emma Lewis
This classic side can be made up to two days in advance. For maximum flavour, cook the Cabbage down really well over a low heat until it's really sticky
Preparation time 25 mins : Cooking time 1 hr.

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• Caramelised Shallot Mash - by Emma Lewis
A low-fat, but creamy and delicious Mash that's made to be eaten with Sausages
Preparation time 20 mins : Cooking time 30 mins
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•   Sausage & Bramley Stuffing - by Sara Buenfeld
This recipe will give you enough to stuff the Christmas Turkey and also make a tasty Stuffing Loaf
Preparation time 25 mins : Cooking time 1 hr 10 mins. Click here for
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•   Best-ever Roast Potatoes  
The ultimate recipe for crispy, crunchy Roast Potatoes - takes this classic side dish from standard to sensational!
Preparation time 30 mins plus chilling : Cooking time 1 hr 40 mins. Click here for
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Sticky Roasted Parsnips, Chantenay Carrots & Apples - by Jenny White
Glaze your Christmas root vegetables with Honey and Coriander seeds, then add Apple quarters and roast for an extra-special side dish
Preparation time 10 mins : Cooking time 40 mins. 

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Cauliflower Cheese with Walnuts & crumbs - by Sara Buenfeld
Chunks of Cauliflower are smothered in creamy Cheese sauce, scattered with Bread and Walnuts, then crisped in the oven in this classic side dish.
Preparation time 10 mins: Cooking time : 50 mins.

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Savoy Cabbage with Shallots & Fennel seeds - by Sara Buenfeld
Soften Shallots before stir-frying with Cabbage and Fennel seeds for a low fat, healthy side dish - perfect for Christmas for those watching their diet!

Preparation time 20 mins : Cooking time 30 mins.
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•   Sticky Port Gravy 
This full-flavoured, festive Gravy can be made in advance - the secret ingredients of Soy sauce and dried Mushrooms add a deep hit of 'umami', or savouriness, to complement a roast. Freezable.
Preparation time 25 mins : Cooking time 1 hr 30 mins. Click here for 
Chicken Wings, Fresh Chicken Stock
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So whether you choose one of the recipes above - or are just inspired to explore further recipes we hope we have given you much food for thought - and helped to add that extra special something - that will make your Christmas Perfect

We hope you enjoyed this Chapter on Christmas Dinner Side dishes recipes and ideas for Christmas - and trust you look forward to the next Chapter - when we show more Recipes and Ideas for your Perfect Christmas - next up are Christmas Mains.

Merry Christmas

Ps Please do have a look at Chapter One, Two and Three of our Christmas Carol now Live on www.godfreys.co which explains in detail what ensures your Christmas Turkey is going to be fabulous
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